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Dairy Crest and Tesco

Dairy Crest uses GS1 standards to deliver significant efficiencies

Dairy Crest implemented Advanced Shipping Notifications (ASNs) and Electronic Proof of Delivery (ePODS) using GS1 standards to deliver significant efficiencies and meet Tesco’s trading requirements.

Dairy Crest has 14 production facilities employing 5,300 people and sell in 40 countries. They deliver over a quarter of a million cases a week to Tesco, one of its biggest customers. 

A recent study found that, when using GS1 logistics labels and ASNs, the time it typically takes to unload a truck with 26 pallets is reduced from 52 minutes to just 11 minutes.

By working with GS1 UK, Dairy Crest has reduced claims queries, improved cash flow and help improve the goods-in process of one of its most important customers.

The introduction of ASNs was a key component in our project to fully automate Dairy Crest’s distribution operations and fulfil the requirements of one of our largest customers, Tesco. An important element of automation is standardisation and we couldn’t have implemented this system without GS1’s universal system for identifying every item in our supply chain.”

Steve Barrow, Retail Supply Controller - Dairy Crest

Read the full case study to learn more about Dairy Crest and Tesco (pdf) 

First produced in May 2013